My talk at Creative Cape Town Clusters

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I did a 10 minute talk on creativity in social media at the Creative Cape Town Clusters. Creative Cape Town took a video of all the presentations and you can catch mine embedded below:

(Watch it directly on Youtube here)

One thing I really have to get better at is not saying “um” so many times! Also, go and read Mike Stopforth’s 5 tips for becoming a better presenter. Some invaluable advise that I’ll definitely learn from going forward.

Update: The video is back up!

Beanbag Media launches

On Tuesday evening at a extremely well attended Creative Cape Town Clusters event in the City Town Hall, I officially launched the Creative Cape Town’s website –


Creative Cape Town has a very strong Social Media presence and all of their different platforms have been incorporated into the site, along with their custom developed Google maps and information about all the different initiatives they are involved in. The design is clean, yet striking with the use of bold typefaces for headings. I especially like the header with the 60’s polka-dot look. :)

I also had the privilege of doing a 10 minute presentation to the roughly 150 attendees at the Clusters meetup. I wrapped up the launch of the website as well as spoke on Creativity in Social Media and had the audience in stitches as I presented case studies on the Burger King Whopper sacrifice (remove 10 of your FB friends for a burger) and the videos. The networking oppurtunities at events like this are astounding, so I highly recommend attending the next event in November. Not to mention the amazing Woolworths platters and drinks that are sponsored.

Along with the Creative Cape Town website, I’ve also put up a splash page for Beanbag Media while I’m filling the portfolio with some amazing projects – more about these as and when they launch.

Pics from my photography course

So last week Monday was the start of my photography course at Vega’s college of photography. The first lesson was pretty much a “get to know your camera” session. I learnt about how to setup all the different functions, change apertures, shutter speed, auto & manual focus, ISO settings, light metering and others.

We also have 2 photo assignments. The first was a light meter reading exercise taking photos under different conditions – shade, sun, dark background, light backgrounds etc. The 2nd assignment was a lot more fun – night time exposure photography. Choose 4 different settings, use an aperture of F8 and take 6 pics with different shutter speeds – 1 second, 2s, 4s, 8s, 15s and 30s. Here are a couple of the pics I took.

light trails on the N2

lights across False Bay

Strand beachfront apartments

Cross on the wall

The biggest thing I’ve realised is composition is the one of the most important aspects of photography. Just looking at an object from another angle changes a dull and boring image to something magnificent and thought provoking. I’m sure that you can see from the above images, this is something I’ll need to work on. :)

We have an entire module dedicated to composition, which I’m probably looking forward to the most!

My weekend away to Paternoster

I had a fantastic weekend away to Paternoster with my family. This post isn’t about the weekend away, but more about my new camera I bought, the Nikon D5000.

Morning mist

My wife bought me a professional photography course at Vega for my birthday and you need a DSLR camera in order to get the most out of the course, so after weeks of research on both Canon and Nikon cameras, I settled for the Nikon D5000.

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The new Ferarri 458 Italia

It’s no secret I am a massive Ferrari fan with a goal (not a dream) to own one of the Italian prancing horses in my lifetime. I drive past Viglietti in Cape Town as often as I can to marvel at the red, black and white Ferrari’s on their showroom floor.

With the Frankfurt Motor show happening in September, Ferrari are set to announce their next super-car, the Ferrari 458 Italia.


Some interesting facts about the car:

Powered by a new direct-injection 4.5-litre mid-mounted V8, 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque will be on tap.

Like last year’s California, all that massive power will be directed to the 458’s rear wheels via a double-clutch, seven-speed transmission.

A two-seater berlinetta, the 458 has received a lot of Formula One technology and input from Michael Schumacher

According to Ferrari, “The car’s soundtrack is also typical Ferrari, with an exciting, powerful growl emerging from the engine before it channels through to the exhaust’s three rear tailpipes.”

The Ferrari 458 also does 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds with a top-speed of 325km/h.

For me, a Ferrari has never been about the 0-100 time or the top-speed. It’s about the history, their involvement with Formula 1 and the iconic status of the brand that has drawn me to it since I was old enough to recognise an Audi from a BMW.

These pictures don’t do the car any justice as the real life pics will always look way sexier. Until September though, this is all we have to drool over. :)



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